Thursday April 21
Black Mountain: The Vancouver psychedelic outfit will melt your face as fast as your scalp will melt the snow landing upon your head. Seriously. If the glorious space-out "Wucan" doesn't deliquesce the skin, then the razor blade riffage of "Let Spirits Ride" will slice it up real good. But it's a pleasant experience all together. Seriously.
Tokyo Police Club : "Indie rock" is as amorphous a term as "alternative" was before morphing into indie. But Tokyo Police Club has arguably encapsulated the "indie" sound better than anyone - peppy vocals, jaunty riffage, a taste of progressive rock while staying true to the pop sensibilities modern music has been founded on. They're a band for an era and that's a noble cause indeed.
Also playing a free show at Moe Joe's as part of the Kokanee Freeride Club Series
Darker the Sky: So, before we get all peppy with TPC and then all heady with the Black Mountain Army, let's take a peak at our emotional centres folks, because while TWSSF is one big party, there's always time for a little introspection. These North Shore mood-makers won't pander to the cheery among us, but they'll strike on something more honest and heartfelt than what this weekend is typically known for.
Friday, April 22
Broken Social Scene: The seminal Canadian indie collective has had a year of non-stop touring since their last album, Forgiveness Rock Record , was released last May and now they're exhausted. They have a few festivals to play, including this one Friday.
"We're definitely slowing down. We have a chance to sort of get away from each other and come up with new ideas and refresh ourselves. That will be nice," says BSS co-founder Charles Spearin.
Internal strife! Rock and roll wrestling! Shall we expect a Forgiveness Rock Record Part Deux in a couple of years?
Well no. These indie musicians we're talking about, not Oasis. They get along like a big ol' family and you'll see it when they play. Check it out.
Dinosaur Bones: The youth are just so restless A settled disposition isn't exactly normal for a young man in his mid-20s, never mind a group of them, and Toronto's Dinosaur Bones are unable, or unwilling, to sit still. Their refined song craft and experimentation within the confines of pop music have generated significant buzz in their home city in just three years of existence. Watch them this week and keep an ear out for them - big things might happen.